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Nash school district to receive $582,000 in coronavirus funds

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SPRING HOPE — Public schools in Nash and Franklin counties are set to receive more than $900,000 in supplemental funding for assistance with COVID-19-related issues, state Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes announced Tuesday. 

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will receive $582,022 and Franklin County Public Schools will receive $322,920.

“These funds will help our school systems provide meals to those in need, sanitize school buses and buildings and support remote learning, amongst other immediate needs,” Barnes said. “This is a great solution for immediate financial assistance to our public schools. The N.C. House COVID-19 task force is still working on solutions for small businesses and others.”

The supplemental funding sources include: $38.5 million from the 2019-20 summer camp reading funds, $2.97 million from money left over in the same fund from the prior year, $5.48 million from the statewide carryforward reserve and a little over $3 million is from the State Emergency Disaster Reserve. All funds are divided amongst school districts across the state.

Relief funds are based upon a funding formula that is weighted 50% on the number of students by average daily membership and 50% on low-wealth classification. The funding can be used for school nutrition, including food purchases, cafeteria workers, drivers, nutritional administration and support and for cleaning and sanitizing schools and buses, including custodial pay, materials, and supplies, as well as protective equipment and remote learning, including instructional software, telecommunication expenses and exceptional children’s materials and devices. 

According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, school systems should start to receive funding later this week. 

“We are living in unprecedented times,” Barnes said. “My colleagues and I on the task force are videoconferencing almost daily to find solutions for those suffering the financial and health impacts of this disease. We are learning more about the disease and implications each day, and we are hoping to make more announcements like this as we work together to meet the immediate needs of citizens until we can lift social distancing guidelines.”

For live updates about COVID-19 relief efforts in the region, follow Barnes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @LisaStoneBarnes or visit www.replisastonebarnes.com/.